Our Expansion Into Broadcast Consulting

Jun 7, 2016

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Broadcast Management Group expanded into broadcast consulting services to our clients a few years back (I know… strange that a company based in DC would offer consulting services, right?).  Since BMG formed 10 years ago, our main focus has always been multi-camera live production, but for a lot of reasons, our expertise in live production has really complimented our consulting practice. And vice versa. Here’s a closer look at our expansion into broadcast consulting.

Users Of The Technology

We spend a good chunk of our time in production trucks and studios. And we’re constantly assembling multi-camera control rooms in the field for remote productions. Being regular users of broadcast technology has greatly benefitted our consulting practice, meaning our expansion into broadcast consulting was a natural expansion of our live production services. When we go into a project, once we learn our client’s needs and goals, we can recommend equipment that we are already familiar with. We’ve already used it, understand it, and feel comfortable recommending it – or, in some cases, not recommending it. That’s not to say there aren’t always other options aside from the gear we’re familiar with. But being able to come to the table with a quick list of possible options saves everyone time in the long run. Conversely, we’ve found that our consulting work has had a positive impact on our live production work as well.  We are regularly meeting with our clients and manufacturers to demo systems and equipment. Often we’ll get wind of planned upgrades or new releases before they hit the market.

Live Production Mentality

Live production is our bread and butter. It’s what we do on a daily basis and – as I mentioned above – what we’ve focused on for the past 10 years. One of the things that makes live production so exciting (and nerve-racking) is that you only get one shot at doing it right. There are no re-do’s and no way to “fix it in post”. We bring that same mentality to our consulting projects. We want to get it right the first time. And – to be honest – we want there to be a definitive end – no one wants a project to drag on forever. When we’ve finished a project, we want to leave knowing that everything has been installed and tested correctly and that all key personnel are trained on how to operate the equipment.

Tech-Focused Approach

With all of our consulting projects, we pay close attention to the technical personnel who will be manning the equipment.  Are they broadcast engineers who don’t need guidance and hand holding?  Or are they tech-savvy, but still new to the technology we’ve installed?  We want to design a system that will not only meet our client’s goals and objectives, but also something that can be operated by their intended technical person.  Again, this stems from our live production work.  When booking crews for a live show, we want to find people with not only the right skill set, but who are familiar with the equipment we’ll be using.  We recently built out a small production operation for a non-profit in DC.  They wanted the capability to produce multi-camera events in-house and stream them live to the web, but had never done so before.  We built a system that could meet their needs technically, but that was also very user friendly for their staff.

Read more about our recent broadcast consulting projects.

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  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2018-03-07 21:55:41

    We're glad you found this to be useful, Margaux. Let us know if there's anything we can help with.

  • Margaux Ford Reply
    2018-03-07 05:57:06

    I appreciate the tips on hiring a production staffing company to have more time to focus on the creative aspects of the project. Hiring a production crew is a tedious task, and can take up much of your time. We're currently working on a huge production, and I'll share this article with my boss so he'll consider on delegating the recruitment to a staffing company. I like that you mentioned that staffing company can ensure to have the right team onboard for the project. Thanks!

  • Robert McWilliams Reply
    2017-10-31 19:05:18

    Todd:I have an ad agency in addition to our production company. We put one of our clients on OTT two months ago up in Nevada. Seems to be working!Thanks again for the work earlier this month.Rob

  • Nicole Rohde Reply
    2017-05-27 22:28:45

    Hey Andrew, Any word as to whether or not the Jokers will be back for Comic Con this year? Please let me know. Thanks!!!

  • Aaron Estabrook Reply
    2017-02-23 16:26:57

    I'll be tuning in for sure!

  • David Patton Reply
    2015-01-16 13:16:02

    Interesting blog post Andrew. For those who are nearly ready to cut the cord, but still want access to key channels such as ESPN, I'd recommend checking out Dish Network's new service, Sling TV. It provides access to a handful of channels for $20/month.https://gigaom.com/2015/01/15/sling-tv-details-price-devices-networks-resolution-bandwidth/

  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2015-01-13 14:44:19

    Go for it! I'll admit that I was a little apprehensive about pulling the plug at first, but honestly, the transition away from DirecTV has been seamless. The only missing link is live sports, but there are a few work arounds depending on what sports you watch. Good luck!

  • Gregory Hart Reply
    2015-01-13 06:35:00

    While I am part of the 55 year old demographic that still has TV boxes and does TV viewing, I do my viewing using DVRs and networked PCs playing video files from an in-home server. I too have noticed that I view a handful of shows on a regular basis and have found various other sources for these shows. And now it has gotten to the point to where I am seriously considering ending my very long relationship with DirecTV and going streaming. Working in the TV industry also helped to open eyes to this as well. This transition from "old" TV is coming and the networks (Les Moonves, I am looking at you!) had better plan for it.

  • Gary Reply
    2013-08-08 09:44:39

    You've left out a HUGE part of this story by not mentioning Howard Stern's effect on the Sharknado buzz! #siris-ly

  • Marybeth Harrison Reply
    2013-08-07 14:46:29

    I can almost hear the theme song from Jaws as I read your post!